The Church's One Foundation

Your church's chief end is to glorify Jesus Christ...

...therefore...

...your church's chief aim should be unifying His body.

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Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

  Takeaway: It is God’s revealed will that there be only one church for all the believers in a city. (7,000+ words)   There is no clearer indicator that we are disconnected from the Christians of the New Testament than this… …their Sunday fellowship was always by location: the church in Philippi, the church in Corinth, etc. […]

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Don’t Be the Church, Go To Church

Don’t Be the Church, Go To Church

How frequently have you heard the saying, “Don’t go to church, be the church!” It’s a common phrase in Christian media and especially in sermons. Google it. Problem is, like so many things that are popular in modern religion, it’s unbiblical. First of all, a church is an assembly. Almost 90% of all uses of […]

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The High Call of Eldership Churches

The High Call of Eldership Churches

  Takeaway: Eldership churches bear the responsibility to unite the flock of God in every place. (10,000+ words)   Question. “If the apostle Paul had asked you to to shepherd the church in Corinth, would you have gone?” Yes? No? Compare your answer with these men’s… He asked Timothy, but the Christians there scared him. […]

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The Bridge to Nowhere

The Bridge to Nowhere

  Takeaway:    Churches governed by episcopal, representative, or congregational polity schism the local body of Christ. (4000+ words)   It’s official. As of August 2013, the Bridge to Nowhere is dead. But don’t shed tears. Even though the 50 residents of the Alaskan Island of Gravina might grumble as they hand over a paltry $6.00 […]

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The  Church <del>Militant</del>  Dissonant

The Church Militant Dissonant

  Takeaway: Adding to Christ’s two teachings on the church is sinful idolatry. (10,000+ words)   The most popular way to speak of anything connected to Christianity is to use the phrase, “the church.” I’m not talking about the church you went to on Sunday but something larger, like the evangelical church, the emergent church, the […]

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The Age of Schism

The Age of Schism

  Takeaway: The Age of Schism is marked by unbelief – that schism is beneficial to the local body of Christ. (7,000+ words)   How many churches are within ten miles of where you live? 10? 20? More? Actually, if there are less than two hundred churches within 1o miles of your home or apartment, then you probably […]

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The Importance of Being Catholic

The Importance of Being Catholic

  Takeaway: According to the Apostolic Fathers, a catholic church is a single church in each city that comprises the whole body of Christ. (8,000+ words)   You know what’s nice about being catholic? It plays well. Everybody claims some sort of catholicism. Some Christians choose a lowercase c, but most have chosen the uppercase alternative. And […]

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9.5 Theses

9.5 Theses

496 years ago today Martin Luther posted 95 theses exposing the ecclesial hypocrisy and compromise of his day. By posting it on the door of the church in Wittenburg, he was posting for public debate. In that spirit I post 9.5 theses exposing the ecclesial hypocrisy and compromise of our day.   1. That the Bible […]

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Planting Schism

Planting Schism

  Takeaway: Planting churches where the body of Christ already exists is planting schism. (16,000+ words)   The church I serve sends money all over the world to support men and their families who are planting churches. Some are in places where the gospel is hidden under centuries of heresy that totally covers the gospel […]

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But is the Word of God the Standard for Churches?

But is the Word of God the Standard for Churches?

This just across the email transom. The churches around the world are going to be united by apostles. Not the kind appointed of Jesus Christ of course, but self-appointed men who find comfort in the number “twelve.” “Three weeks ago, the birth of Global United Fellowship (GUF), under the leadership of the Founder and Presiding […]

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Sorry To Be Defending Schism on Crete, But…

Sorry To Be Defending Schism on Crete, But…

  It happened again. A friend is preaching through Paul’s NT to Titus and taught his own church, from his pulpit, that the elders Titus was to appoint were recent converts in Crete’s young churches. He’s such a good teacher. Shouldn’t he have known better? He admitted Cretans became Christians 30 years before the letter […]

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From Schism to Unity

Roman Catholic Schism

Roman Catholic Schism

  Takeaway: There is no greater force for schism in Christendom than Roman Catholicism since it rejects the authority given to Peter by Jesus Christ, and the authority given to Jesus Christ by Peter. (6,000 words)   When I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, no building was allowed to be taller than the massively elegant […]

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Apostles and Protestants

Apostles and Protestants

  Takeaway: Given the choice of obeying the apostles’ teachings on the church or their own traditions, Protestants play Roman Catholic. (4,000+ words)   Question: When is an A-Frame not an A-Frame? Answer: When it’s a V-Frame. You’ll understand if you visit the Austrian village of Terfen. As of May, 2013 it boasts a tourist attraction called “The Upside […]

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De-Schisming the Body

De-Schisming the Body

  Takeaway: De-schisming Christ’s Body where you live means, first of all, leading your church to obey Scripture and embrace eldership. (3,000+ words)   Are you familiar with the form of church governance called “eldership?” If not, don’t be surprised. Even though it is described in the pages of the New Testament and in the […]

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From Succession to Foundation

Precept and Example

Precept and Example

  Takeaway: God convinces us what to believe and do as individuals and churches based on Precept and Example. (4,000+ words)   If a man as great as John the Baptist misunderstood Jesus, so can we. You might remember the situation. John was in prison and only days away from his beheading when he sent […]

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Jesus and Apostolic Succession

Jesus and Apostolic Succession

  Takeaway: The doctrine of Apostolic Succession opposes Jesus Christ’s teaching in John 16:12-15 on the Trinity and the New Testament. (9,000+ words)   Every church partakes in a centuries-long conflict. Does it believe in Apostolic Successionism, or in Apostolic Foundationalism? One believes God gives more truth to your church as time goes along. The other doesn’t. The two […]

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How Shall They Hear Without a Flat Screen?

How Shall They Hear Without a Flat Screen?

  Takeaway: The disobedience of multi-site churches are a window through which the far greater disobedience of schism is manifest. (7,000 words)   Multi-site churches are a 21st C dilemma… On one hand they claim to be a church, that is, a Christian assembly. On the other, they assemble in ways never before possible. Satellite technology, or […]

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From Disobedience to Obedience

When is a Church not a Church?

When is a Church not a Church?

  Takeaway: The only church you are a part of is the church you meet with on Sunday. (5,000+ words)   When it comes to love, should we be more like Juliet? Isn’t it in Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s greatest love-tragedy, that Juliet is swooning? He has the fair maiden saying… “Romeo, O Romeo…  by any […]

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Replacing the “True Church” with an “Obedient Church”

Replacing the “True Church” with an “Obedient Church”

  Takeaway: God doesn’t judge your church “true” or “false” but calls it to obedience. (5,000+ words)   Have you ever been asked, “Can God make a rock so heavy that even He can’t move it?” I’d rather get the question, “Can God make a taco so hot that even He can’t eat it?” At […]

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Sunday is the Best Day of the Week

Sunday is the Best Day of the Week

Sunday!!!!!!!!!! Growing up my transistor radio blared week after week, Sundayyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!! Sunday was the day Epsom Speedway in New Hampshire raced all kinds of cars. “Funny Cars! Stock Cars! Dragsters!” The radio ads loudly announced how exciting it would be!! Really? Every Sunday? I now think, what a drag, compared to my Sundays as a […]

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From Error to Eldership

Paul’s Reformation on Crete

Paul’s Reformation on Crete

  Takeaway: Biblical reformation is merging churches in every city under qualified eldership. (4,000+ words)   One thousand and five hundred years before the Protestant Reformation, an apostolic reformation took place on an island in the Mediterranean Sea. Centuries before Martin Luther posted his 95 theses for disputation in Western Christendom, the apostle Paul waved […]

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Jesus Defines His Church

Jesus Defines His Church

  Takeaway: The glorified Christ only speaks to the one local church in every locale. (8,000+ words)   According to Sir Paul McCartney ebony and ivory belong together. In fact they live together in perfect harmony, side by side on his piano keyboard. They are like a lot of things that naturally go together, like chocolate […]

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Paul Did Not Sin on Crete!

Paul Did Not Sin on Crete!

  Takeaway: Paul was not responsible for the sins of Crete churches, but reformed their leadership to eldership and merged their churches together in every city. (5,000 words)   If you just turned to this article, you might be saying, “What?!” I know. You didn’t say Paul sinned on Crete… And I sure don’t want you […]

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From Many to One

The Local Body of Christ

The Local Body of Christ

  Takeaway: Obedience to Jesus Christ demands that His local body meet in a single church in every locale. (10,000+ words)   If the Apostle Paul were alive today and visited where you live, what he do about the schism of Christ’s body there? To find out we would look back at how the risen Christ led […]

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House Churches

House Churches

  Takeaway: The house church movement misinterprets the Bible to support schism. (8,000+ words)   I was part of a house church in a city in Arizona. For over three years I helped do what I could, which looking back, wasn’t much. We had Sunday services, prayer meetings during the week, reached out to neighbors […]

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Planting Schism

Planting Schism

  Takeaway: Planting churches where the body of Christ already exists is planting schism. (16,000+ words)   The church I serve sends money all over the world to support men and their families who are planting churches. Some are in places where the gospel is hidden under centuries of heresy that totally covers the gospel […]

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